from the Editors

One of us has a plum tree growing next to a row of his raspberry bushes. Last year it was almost cut down because it had never borne fruit even though it's fairly old. But the day he actually picked up the saw to cut it down was the day he discovered that, for the first time since he'd lived there, it was covered with small green fruit. The tree got pretty special care for the rest of the summer, and there was a modest harvest in September.

Sometimes people decide they can't take any more and consider cutting their own lives short. Their problems and despair may be so magnified to them that they can't see the opportunities there are for change in their lives or the evidence of God's care. You've probably observed this yourself. There is a lot that readers of the Sentinel can do to help people in distress. We hope you'll find the ideas in this issue worth sharing.

The right to be alive
November 29, 1993

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